Richard "Dale" Beck, 66, a resident of Twin Falls, Idaho, and formerly of Roodhouse, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho.
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He was born May 30, 1944, and raised in Hillview, the son of Earl and Evelina Beck. He married Barbara Coats on Dec. 24, 1969, in Roodhouse. She survives him in Twin Falls, Idaho.
He is also survived by his three children, Barbette (Randy) Lethlean of California, Forrest (Nicole) Beck of Washington and Kristin (Nome) Sengdeng of Oregon; three grandchildren, Caedwyn and Atticus Lethlean and Paden Beck; and one brother, Paul (Nancy) Beck of Iowa.
Dale was a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he received both his Bachelor and Masters degrees. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Dale was employed as an agricultural extension agent for many years in Newfoundland, Canada, Illinois, Idaho and Oregon. Later he worked for several private companies as a potato buyer/contractor. Dale enjoyed traveling and serving on the U.S. Potato Board and many other committees.
He had a broad range of interests that included hunting, fishing, cooking, canning, woodworking and spending time with his family and many friends. Dale will be sadly missed for his thoughtfulness, kindness and readiness to help others. His patient and accepting nature will be always remembered, as will his infectious, belly-shaking laugh.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at the Mackey Daws Funeral Home in Winchester, with interment at Winchester City Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Boyd Hospital in Carrollton. Condolences may be left online at www.mackeydaws.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Oct. 2, 2010